Drawing

(Revised May 2004)

This category includes drawings, sketches, studies, architectural drawings, illustrations, and designs. Illuminations should be judged under the Illumination criteria. Drawing media includes pencil, pen or brush and ink, metalpoint, drypoint, charcoal, chalk, and/or watercolor on paper, vellum, plaster or other support.

Drawing; Novice

Documentation

0 to 8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the item. For Novice level, a 3x5 card is the minimum required, but more is encouraged. Any discussion beyond listing of the criteria below, on period practice, any conscious compromises or research is encouraged and should receive higher points than simply listing the information. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the process of the creation of their item beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description of the entry, including the following: time period and place of origin, style and characteristics of contemporary drawings.
  • Lists materials, tools, and techniques used in period and in entry.
  • Lists composition and technique used in period and in entry.
  • Research and reference: cites at least one source and one visual or descriptive reference, or two of either.

Authenticity

0 to 8 points. Judge this at the Novice level, keeping in mind any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents (reasonable substitutions for elements that are too toxic, too expensive or too rare). Efforts to achieve a completely authentic item (except those items that are unsafe) will score best.

  • Form/function—is it a period item and does it work in a period way (apparent knowledge or application of period practice).
  • Methods of creation—appropriate to period or are consistent and give a period effect.
  • Materials used—period or reasonable substitutions that give a period effect.
  • Design, style—is the design or styleperiod or give a period effect.

Complexity

1 to 5 points. This category scores the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship. Not all techniques will be present or are appropriate in all drawings. Judge entrant at the Novice level, based on the following:

  • Scope of project; size of work relative to amount of detail.
  • Complexity of composition and layout (proportion, balance, perspective [appropriate to style], etc.); including symbolism.
  • Difficulty and variety of techniques used as appropriate to style and period (modeling, cross-hatching, ink wash, etc.).
  • Difficulty and variety of design elements (figures, portraits, animals, landscape, architecture, etc.).
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

Workmanship

1 to 5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Novice level, based on the following:

  • Draftsmanship and quality of rendering are appropriate to period aesthetics and style; shows surety of line.
  • Control of media; quality of special techniques; execution and finishing.
  • Mastery of period style, techniques, and tools.
  • Design, composition, color, and style follow period examples; does it look as it should?
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Aesthetic appeal of the entry.  -OR-
  • Special effort to achieve a totally period product by use of period design, materials, tools, or techniques; a project made from the “ground up.”  -OR-
  • Creative interpretation of period style (individuality).  -OR-
  • Extensive research into a single artist or style applied to the project.

Drawing; Intermediate

Documentation

0 to 8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the item. Intermediate level documentation should have at least minimal discussion of the components involved. More in-depth discussion or period practices or conscious compromises is encouraged and should receive higher points. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the period practice and process of the creation of their item beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description of the entry, including the following: time period and place of origin; some discussion of style and characteristics of contemporary drawings; if a copy after an existing drawing, some discussion of the work within the original artist’s total body of work.
  • Some discussion of materials, tools, and techniques used in period and in entry.
  • Some discussion of composition, and technique used in period and in entry; rationale for entry’s design, including personal interpretation of period style.
  • Research and reference: cites more than one source and one visual or descriptive reference, includes a reference sheet (bibliography) or cites sources in a standard format (endnotes, footnotes, parenthetical, MLA, etc.).

Authenticity

0 to 8 points. Judge this at the Intermediate level, keeping in mind any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents (reasonable substitutions for elements that are too toxic, too expensive or too rare). Efforts to achieve a completely authentic item (except those items that are unsafe) will score best.

  • Form/Function—discussion, knowledge, and use of period techniques.
  • Methods of creation—style of rendering, shading and modeling are appropriate to style and period; any use of symbolism is explained.
  • Materials used—would have been available in period or suitability of modern substitutes is noted and explained; discussion of period materials.
  • Design, style—subject, composition, and design motifs are appropriate to style and period; discussion comparing entry to period examples.

Complexity

1 to 5 points. This category scores the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship. Not all techniques will be present or are appropriate in all drawings. Judge entrant at the Intermediate level, based on the following:

  • Scope of project; size of work relative to amount of detail.
  • Complexity of composition and layout (proportion, balance, perspective [appropriate to style], etc.); including symbolism.
  • Difficulty and variety of techniques used as appropriate to style and period (modeling, cross-hatching, ink wash, etc.).
  • Difficulty and variety of design elements (figures, portraits, animals, landscape, architecture, etc.).
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

Workmanship

1 to 5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Intermediate level, based on the following:

  • Draftsmanship and quality of rendering are appropriate to period aesthetics and style; shows surety of line.
  • Control of media; quality of special techniques; execution and finishing.
  • Mastery of period style, techniques, and tools.
  • Design, composition, color, and style follow period examples; does it look as it should?
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Aesthetic appeal of the entry.  -OR-
  • Special effort to achieve a totally period product by use of period design, materials, tools, or techniques; a project made from the “ground up.”  -OR-
  • Creative interpretation of period style (individuality).  -OR-
  • Extensive research into a single artist or style applied to the project.

Drawing; Advanced

Documentation

0 to 8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the item. Advanced level documentation should have a thorough discussion of the components of the item, explains the rationale behind methods, materials, skills and tools, provides illustrations (if available), references and notes, as well as any original research or experimentation. Any conscious compromises should be explained. A summary page is helpful if the documentation is exceptionally in-depth, and more detailed work can also be put in appendices. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the period practice and process of the creation of their item beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description of the entry, including the following: time period and place of origin; full discussion of style and characteristics of contemporary drawings; if a copy after an existing drawing, discussion of the work within the original artist’s total body of work.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of materials, tools, and techniques used in period and in entry.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of composition, and technique used in period and in entry; rationale for entry’s design, including personal interpretation of period style.
  • Research and reference: very complete sources and visual or descriptive references, includes a bibliography and cites sources in a standard format (endnotes, footnotes, parenthetical, MLA, etc.).

Authenticity

0 to 8 points. Judge this at the Advanced level, keeping in mind any deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents (reasonable substitutions for elements that are too toxic, too expensive or too rare) must be plausible and explained. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic item (except those items that are unsafe) will score best.

  • Form/Function—discussion, knowledge, and use of period techniques.
  • Methods of creation—style of rendering, shading and modeling are appropriate to style and period; any use of symbolism is explained.
  • Materials used—would have been available in period or suitability of modern substitutes is noted and explained; discussion of period materials.
  • Design, style—subject, composition, and design motifs are appropriate to style and period; discussion comparing entry to period examples.

Complexity

1 to 5 points. This category scores the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship. Not all techniques will be present or are appropriate in all drawings. Judge entrant at the Advanced level, based on, but not limited to, the following:

  • Scope of project; size of work relative to amount of detail.
  • Complexity of composition and layout (proportion, balance, perspective [appropriate to style], etc.); including symbolism.
  • Difficulty and variety of techniques used as appropriate to style and period (modeling, cross-hatching, ink wash, etc.).
  • Difficulty and variety of design elements (figures, portraits, animals, landscape, architecture, etc.).
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

Workmanship

1 to 5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Advanced level, based on the following:

  • Draftsmanship and quality of rendering are appropriate to period aesthetics and style; shows surety of line.
  • Control of media; quality of special techniques; execution and finishing.
  • Mastery of period style, techniques, and tools.
  • Design, composition, color, and style follow period examples; does it look as it should?
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Aesthetic appeal of the entry.  -OR-
  • Special effort to achieve a totally period product by use of period design, materials, tools, or techniques; a project made from the “ground up.”  -OR-
  • Creative interpretation of period style (individuality).  -OR-
  • Extensive research into a single artist or style applied to the project.